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Medieval Literature Medieval Romances The Crusades inspired writing that was a mix of history, Christianity and fi ction the most popular form of this style of writing between 1200 and 1500 were adventure stories called medieval romances so popular that they were written in the vernacular ( common language ) rather than Latin 2 Medieval Romance Marriages among the nobility generally were alliances formed to secure land some marriages were arranged while the couple in question were still infants as a result, romantic love was more likely to ourish outside marriage therefore, medieval romances were so popular because they often featured a forbidden relationship 3 Lancelo t 12th century romance written in French by Chr é tien de Troyes belongs to Arthurian cycle of stories 4 involves an adulterous a ff air between Lancelot and Guinevere, wife of King Arthur stories like this helped develop the idea of courtly love Was Arthur real? story may have originated from Celtic folklore in Wales he may have been a Celtic leader named Artorius in 5th c. BCE he may have been invented by the writer Geo ff rey of Monmouth in the 12th c. BCE
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Courtly Love l amour courtois Arthurian legends helped develop the idea of courtly love cultivated in medieval royal courts a knight generally longed for an unattainable woman he had to prove his love for her through heroic deeds, even if it resulted in his death this code suggested that su ff ering for love made one pure and noble these ideas formed the basis of popular ideas about love in Western literature and life for example... 5 Courtly love was aristocratic ritualistic secret outside marriage inspired by literature 6 Why is this book/movie so popular? Who is the main audience? Who was the main audience for the medieval romances? Eleanor of Aquitain e queen consort of both Louis VII of France and, later. Henry II of England A medieval romance is usually characterized by the following: 1. emphasis on chivalry 2. a hero/knight and his noble deeds 3. his love for an idealized lady who holds great power over him 4. mystery, suspense, supernatural elements 5. a great challenge for the knight The Cult of the Virgin Mary was inspired by the writings of Bernard of Clairvaux.
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